Minnesota Geospatial Information Office Transition Underway By David Arbeit and Fred Logman, MnGeo
With his Lightening Round presentation that formally introduced the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office at the opening session of October’s Consortium conference, David Arbeit, the State’s Chief Geospatial Information Officer announced that: “The transition from the Land Management Information Center (LMIC) to MnGeo is fully underway.” Highlighted at the conference were MnGeo’s new web site and appointments to two councils created to advise MnGeo.
The new website, developed with input from community members, features a new look and feel and new content, but retains data links transferred from the old LMIC and Governor’s Council on Geographic Information sites. It emphasizes MnGeo’s responsibilities supporting its mission: Coordinating services statewide through the coordinated, affordable, reliable and effective use of GIS. Content from the LMIC site that is no longer relevant to MnGeo will be archived for future reference.
Members of the State Government Geospatial Advisory Council and Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council were introduced by Arbeit during an afternoon panel that also included Rick Gelbmann, past chair of the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information, and Mike Dolbow, chair of the MnGeo Transition Advisory Team. The State Government Council will have its first meeting on December 8, 2009. The first meeting of the Statewide Council will be scheduled for later in December. MnGeo also will be advised by committees and work groups working on specific issues. Council agendas, meeting minutes, committee and workgroup information and related material will be posted on the MnGeo website.
MnGeo has already made an impact within state government. In August, MnGeo was asked to advise the Department of Commerce’s efforts to map broadband availability within the state. More recently, MnGeo developed a web mapping application for the Department of Management and Budget to depict the distribution of federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.